Rachels Training

Training for the L2B in Spring is a difficult one – the great British weather really doesn’t make it easy to get out on the roads to cycle.

I have been putting in the miles on the bikes at the gym, but there’s no substitute for the real thing. Then hey presto – a sunny Bank Holiday Monday comes around! So did I decide to go and chill at the pub, or have a barbeque? Nope, I chucked on my cycling gear, put the bikes in the car, and me and hubby drove to Ditchling to tackle the dreaded Beacon.

I have fought and lost 5 times against the Beacon, but it is always near the end of the L2B so what would it be like without those 40 odd miles in front of it? I will tell you – IT WAS STILL BLOOMING HARD!! Hubby flew up it, no problems (he has calf muscles the size of Andre the Giant!) but I had to stop 4 times. A couple of members of Team Wiggins and a lady from the Team GB cycling team passed me on my final stop near the top ‘come on, you’re nearly there’ – yes, easy for you professionals to say.

I did make it – I cycled the whole way with no walking, which was an achievement for me! A nice lay down in the grass at the top, taking in the beautiful view followed, then it was back down to Ditchling village for a well-deserved cream tea! Cycling back down was amazing, as you realise what an accomplishment it was cycling up.

On the way home, I casually asked hubby how far we were from Box Hill – not far it turned out, so that was our next destination! The most famous cycling hill in the UK. After Ditchling Beacon, this one was easy and I powered the whole way to the top non-stop!! Felt quite proud of myself.

On hot sunny days out on your bike, remember to hydrate and take sun lotion – cycling gear doesn’t make for the best tan lines!

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